Ship or Distribute to Indiana? Here’s How to Meet Their New Requirements

Starting with the October filing period, Indiana requires all alcohol beverage companies working in Indiana to electronically remit monthly excise tax returns and shipment reports. This method for electronic filing and payment is unique to Indiana and does not exist in any other state report.

ShipCompliant will be holding several webinars over the coming weeks to help you navigate these new requirements.

Click here to attend a webinar or sign up for a consultation.

The new Indiana report will be filed automatically for ShipCompliant AutoFile users. All other filers can use the summarized actions below to meet the new Indiana requirements.

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Step 1: Register with Indiana’s Excise Tax and Bulk Filing Departments

  • Send an email request to Excisetax@dor.in.gov with your FID/FEIN, to obtain your new Alcohol Beverage TID#
  • To register with Indiana’s Bulk Filing Department, send an email request to bulkfiler@dor.in.gov for a certificate of registration.

Step 2: Download and install the following software needed to E-File

Step 3: Generate two test .xml files and send to Indiana via the above noted software programs

Step 4: Set-up electronic payments

  • Electronic Payment set-up is required for those liable for paying taxes, such as wine direct shippers
  • Register for electronic payment at www.in.gov/dor/3976.htm
    Submit a test payment of $0.01 to PNC Bank

If you want the full set of instructions on Indiana electronic filing start by visiting the Indiana Department of Revenue FAQ page, or contact the department via the information provided on the FAQ page for more info.

And if this all too much for you to complete by the November due date (during one of the busiest times in the year), have no fear. If you are unable to successfully submit your report through this new bulk-filing process in November, Indiana will accept a paper version of the report for this month only.

Want to avoid the hassle of reporting to Indiana altogether? Sign up for ShipCompliant AutoFile and let us worry about completing the above steps for you. Learn more about AutoFile today!

New Direct-to-Consumer Shipping Requirements in Maine

Wineries licensed to ship to Maine consumers now have fewer reports to file each year. Maine recently amended its direct-to-consumer law to require that direct shippers file excise tax returns and shipment reports once a year. Unlike the quarterly reporting periods which were based on the calendar year, the annual reporting period corresponds to the license year. The filing deadline for annual reports is the 30th day of the month immediately following the annual expiration date of the direct shipping license. Licensees are required to report the total gallons of wine shipped to Maineconsumers during the license year, with the exception of the first annual report which will cover all shipments made from July 1, 2014 through the end of the license year.

The total volume of shipments from a direct shipper to any one recipient address in Maine continues to be 12 cases per calendar year. The Maine Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages & Lottery Operations (BABLO) is in the process of notifying wineries currently licensed to ship to Maine consumers of the transition from quarterly to annual reporting periods. Direct Shipper Excise Tax Returns and Report of Wine Shipment Forms have been updated to reflect the new filing schedule and can be accessed on the BABLO and Wine Institute websites.

Annie Bones
State Relations – Wine Institute
abones@wineinstitute.org

2015 Alcohol License Renewal Season Begins in Georgia

The Georgia Department of Revenue recently announced that existing licensees can now renew their alcohol license for 2015 via their Georgia Tax Center (GTC) account. Renewals must be completed online using the GTC before the end of the calendar year.  Wineries renewing a Manufacturer of Wine, Farm Winery or Broker license are required to submit a $5000 bond that is valid for 2015. Please note that the renewal process cannot be completed until after the bond is uploaded to the licensee’s GTC account.

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Annie Bones, State Relations – Wine Institute

Outside Magazine Names ShipCompliant One of America’s Best Places to Work in 2014

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Software Company Ranks #70 on National List for Workplace Excellence

ShipCompliant, the industry leader in compliance and tax automation for the beverage alcohol industry, has been selected as one of OUTSIDE’s Best Places to Work 2014. Each year, OUTSIDE recognizes the top 100 companies in the United States that help their employees strike the ideal balance between work and play. These companies encourage employees to lead an active lifestyle, are eco-conscious, and prioritize giving back to the community. The entire list of winners appears online at www.outsideonline.com/dreamjobs.

“The credit lies with ShipCompliant’s team on this award. It is a group united by common core values and driven by our purpose to create great solutions for our customers.” said Jason Eckenroth, ShipCompliant’s CEO. “As a customer-funded business, we’ve had no choice but to focus on our ability to attract, hire and retain the very best people. The values articulated in Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work criteria were a natural fit for ShipCompliant.”

To find the best places to work in the United States, OUTSIDE conducted a rigorous eight-month vetting process in partnership with the Best Companies Group to assess the policies, practices, and demographics of hundreds of companies, and went straight to the employees to hear about factors like corporate culture, role satisfaction, work environment and overall employee engagement. The Best Places to Work list represents the cream of the crop: companies who cultivate a collaborative workplace, enable their employees to enjoy the great outdoors and take pride in their roles in the community and the environment.

“If you’re considering a career change or searching for your dream job, OUTSIDE’s Best Places to Work list is the first place to look,” said OUTSIDE Executive Editor Michael Roberts. “These companies set the standard for workplaces that really value their employees and offer an experience that’s fulfilling inside and outside the office.”

ShipCompliant has also been named to the INC 5000 List of America’s Fastest-Growing Companies in 2011, 2013, and 2014; Mercury 100 Fastest Growing Startups 2008-2013; and the 2011 Colorado Companies to Watch. In 2009, the company was named an IQ Innovation Award Winner, an honor that recognizes companies creating the most innovative new products or services.

Since its founding, ShipCompliant has been committed to providing legendary support for its clients facing challenges in the not-always-sexy world of tax and product compliance. The company’s core values are centered on authentic empathy, a passion for possibilities, being accountable for outcomes, and building in leverage to create exponential impact.

Located in the outdoors mecca of Boulder, Co., ShipCompliant currently employs 42 full-time employees and has plans to grow in the coming year. To view and apply for open positions, please visit ShipCompliant’s Careers page: www.shipcompliant.com/careers.

OUTSIDE published the full list of Best Places to Work on October 2. For more information, please visit www.bestplacestoworkoutside.com.

Media Contacts:
ShipCompliant Contact: Analiese Brown, 303-996-2358, analiese@shipcompliant.com
OUTSIDE Contact: Maya Meredith, 212-255-0945, maya@rosengrouppr.com

3 Reasons To Get Excited About The 2014 ShipCompliant Wholesale Gathering

It’s less than one month away from our first ever Wholesale Gathering in White Plains, NY. We are packing up and hitting the road to provide an opportunity to get people in the wholesale industry together on October 16th. Learn how other people in the industry are using ShipCompliant, and compare best practices to get a competitive advantage.

Here are the top three things you can look forward to in White Plains!

  1. A panel discussion on the unification of the Federal and State approval process
    Imagine a system where you could register and pay for your labels at the federal and state levels with just a few clicks. We’ll debate the short term feasibility and discuss possible solutions to solving the current headaches associated with getting products to market quickly and efficiently. Hear from an expert panel, including Deb Ringo from Diageo, Jeanie Cecil from Brown Forman, Robert Lehrman from Lehrman Beverage Law, and Jeff Carroll from ShipCompliant. The panelists will provide their perspective and tee up the discussion for a participatory session.
  2. Make your voice heard and build out the ideal technology roadmap
    Have you ever had a great idea for ShipCompliant Wholesale? What about an idea that would help your team, but you aren’t quite sure how to get it to decision makers? This session will be a great opportunity for clients and prospects alike to build out their wish-list of technology features directly with product managers and influencers. You can play a part in the next roll out of our industry.
  3. Short & sweet new technology presentations
    Technology businesses are catching on that the alcohol beverage industry and the data that goes along with it makes for a powerful business plan. In White Plains you’ll have the opportunity to learn more about the latest technology via short presentations with ample time for Q & A. Look forward to learning more technology trends such as our industry alliance with GoSpotCheck, and our latest product, LabelVision.

Special offer for ShipCompliant Blog subscribers: Save 10% on your Wholesale Gathering registration with discount code SC10.

Sending our thoughts to California

All of us at ShipCompliant are very sorry to hear about the earthquake over the weekend that impacted our friends in Napa and Sonoma. While we are grateful to hear that none of our friends in the area are injured, we are saddened by the property damage, loss of inventory, and overall disruption to the operations the earthquake has caused.

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If you are not in Napa and would like to help those affected by the earthquake, you can donate to the Red Cross. Click here to donate directly to the Napa County Chapter. Additionally, we encourage wine drinkers to drink Napa wines (#drinknapa) to help make up for the costs of loss in inventory.

If you are in Napa and would like to help out, check out the Wine Industry Insights help forum where you can both ask for assistance and offer your assistance. Monitor news related to the Napa earthquake on WineBusiness.com. Additionally, a complete list of resources for the Napa community is available from Napa Valley Vintners.

Lastly, yesterday TTB recognized that the devastation caused by the earthquake may have affected the operations of certain taxpayers. TTB will consider waiving late filing, payment, or deposit penalties on a case-by-case basis. Read full details of the announcement here.

Stay safe everyone!